yeah write #101 weekly writing challenge is open: invitational, original challenge and speakeasy

yeah write #101 weekly writing challenge is open: invitational, original challenge and speakeasy

yeah write #101 weekly writing challenge is open: invitational, original challenge and speakeasy

A second-semester senior already accepted to college, I had to pass chemistry to graduate and I didn’t understand anything.  The homework, the lectures, the labs. . .it all drifted by me like a breeze carrying half-conversations in a foreign language and I didn’t care; I was busy writing single-spaced short stories in which I disguised my family members by using their middle names.  Mr. Gaillard, my English teacher, called me to his office one day after school, walked me down the hall to the lower-school library and found a chemistry book with “ages 8 and up” stamped on the back cover.  He told the librarian to let me have it for the rest of the year and placed it in my hands.  “Back to the basics,” he said.  I passed.

As we party on through yeah write 101, let’s remember our training.  We’re not just slapping up a blog post with a yeah write badge at the bottom and calling it a day, not us.  We’re telling a story in no more than 500 words and making sure it has a so what.  We’re reading it aloud to find the awkward spots. We’re cutting sentences that are self-serving, maudlin or predictable.  We’re not linking up anywhere else because the party is right here.  We have great chemistry at yeah write.

Challenge grid

What you need for the challenge grid: a yeah write post of no more than 500 words that is not linked up anywhere else and the willingness to read up to forty-nine other non-double-linked yeah write posts. If you don’t know what “a yeah write post” is, you need some time to read our submission guidelines and FAQ. And some more time to come back and vote fairly for a crowd favorite on Thursday. If fiction is your thing this week, head over to the speakeasy and yeah write editors Stacie and Courtenay will take good care of you.  Virgins, welcome! We’re glad to have you. 

Invitational grid

If the challenge grid reaches thirty posts, the best posts with the most compelling so whats will be moved by the yeah write editors onto the invitational grid, from which a jury prize will be selected. Please consult this checklist for hints about what makes, or doesn’t make, an invitational-worthy post. Invitational grid posts also remain on the challenge grid. 

Happy 2nd birthday, yeah write! Birthday presents for you

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Although we won’t be officially two years old until yeah write #104, we started handing out birthday gifts last week during #100. This week’s birthday gifts as we celebrate your writing, friendship and support:

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The random drawing is open to bloggers on either the challenge grid or over at the speakeasy AND the drawing is open to our readers and lurkers who send virgins to either grid this week. If you’re not on a grid this week, just let us know in the comments which new yeah write blogger belongs to you. 

“Best of yeah write” coming soon

The editors are combing through 100 weeks of challenge grids to come up with a “best of yeah write” grid from 2011-2013, and we will showcase the selections during #104 and #105. If you’ve ever won a lurker’s favorite, editor’s pick, crowd favorite or jury prize, start waiting anxiously by your mailbox. If you’ve made the “best of yeah write” grid, we’ll send you a “best of yeah write” badge to display on your blog and an invitation to stop by to read what the editors enjoyed about each of their selections. We can’t wait.

Odds, ends, reminders

  • Your post can be no longer than 500 words
  • Your post can be dated no earlier than March 17th, the day the yeah write #101 badges were officially posted
  • The grid is open from Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. to Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
  • It is limited to 50 bloggers
  • Voting will take place all day Thursday from midnight to Friday at midnight
  • The winners’ post will be published at noon on Friday
  • Our new weekend moonshine grid will open Friday at 6 p.m. and close Monday by 12:01 a.m. 
  • No self-promotional posts are allowed on the yeah write grid, including those containing links to other blog events and Internet contests
  • Combining your yeah write post with other blog events meant to maximize your exposure and minimize your effort is a no-no

Bring us your best stuff.  Yeah write #101 is open. . .


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  • Kirsten Oliphant [Wed] 20 Mar 13 at 10:34 pm

    I will be moving to wordpress soon due to comment issues–not people being unable to comment, but all the spammers. They are so dang creative, though…

    Ex: What interesting content! I also love your layout and wonder what platform you are using as your host. You can see the issues I am having.

    My site: WHALE PENISES.

  • marika [Wed] 20 Mar 13 at 1:57 pm

    Just a question. I’m participating in a monthlong blog-every-day challenge on another site where we all link up to affirm that we blogged. It’s not a writing contest or anything, and there aren’t any links from my blog to theirs/the challenge. Would this count as a “double-linked” post? If so, then I need to wait until the end of the month to link up here? (I’m scared to death of breaking the rules here!!)

    • Erica M [Wed] 20 Mar 13 at 4:38 pm

      You’re good. I’m participating in a writing prompt community this month. No links there, either. Thanks for asking! Please join us.

  • Lori Wise [Wed] 20 Mar 13 at 12:13 pm

    Can someone please help me??? When I try to submit my entry, it keeps telling me it isn’t a permanent link. Argh!

    • Erica M [Wed] 20 Mar 13 at 12:52 pm

      I sent you an email so I can help. Sorry for the delay.

  • Tomekha [Tue] 19 Mar 13 at 7:14 pm

    I can’t comment on the blogger blogs 🙁 🙁 🙁 ¡Ayudame!

    • Sara [Wed] 20 Mar 13 at 1:06 pm

      I can’t either 🙁

      • Erica M [Wed] 20 Mar 13 at 4:40 pm

        I can’t help with Blogger blogs except to move those bloggers to WordPress when they are ready.

  • Cindy ~ The Reedster Speaks [Tue] 19 Mar 13 at 8:36 am

    I will write an awesome 500 word story this week. I will write an awesome 500 word story this week. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    • Tomekha [Tue] 19 Mar 13 at 4:15 pm